Directed by Ava Duvernay
Screenplay by Paul Webb
Starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey and more stars than there are in heaven
Selma is an important movie. If you didn’t know it going in, you figured it right quick, and kept figuring it, because instead of being the joke fest you imagined, they play it straight as the soberest teetotaler. Which is a seriously wasted opportunity because, if you ask me, the jokes practically write themselves. All you have to do is turn on the spigot and here they come.
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Directed by William Dieterle
Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine; Story and Screenplay by Heinz Herald and Geza Herczeg; based upon the book by Matthew Josephson
Starring Paul Muni, Gloria Holden, Gale Sondergaard and Joseph Schildkraut
The Life of Emile Zola is really two movies in one.
The first is a 25 minute seminar of a film, focusing on the professional life of writer Emile Zola. It begins with him dirt poor in Paris, proceeds through a whirlwind medley of his greatest hits – books are published, a wife is married, fame is gotten – then settles with him into state of retirement and living off his wealth. Continue reading